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De-Essing Guitars With The Oxford Supresser

What’s up, guys? Welcome to a new video this week.

I’m going to show you how to use a de-esser to make guitars not sound so crappy. Really simple concept. We’re going to use the Oxford Suppressor. I’ve got this little filler Tele thing. This is the final result. It sounds like this.

[guitar with Suppressor]

Right. Before it sounded like this.

[guitar without Suppressor]

It’s just got a lot of 2kHz, 1.5kHz top end, picky kind of sounding stuff I wanted to get rid of. The after, one more time.

[guitar with Suppressor]

It’s a little more round, a little easier to listen to.

You can technically use any kind of de-esser to do something like this. I like the Oxford Suppressor just because it has a wet/dry feature, and I like that you can sort of adjust the ratio and threshold of everything.

But anyways, you basically just take a band — I took a band from like, 1kHz-ish to 7kHz-ish, and then brought…


Like, killed everything in that band so it sounded like that.

[guitar, heavily de-essed]

And then… So that’s all the stuff I don’t like removed. Then you can take this wet/dry feature and you can blend it in…



To taste. I had it at like, 38% I believe.


Then all of a sudden, your guitar goes from this…

[guitar without Suppressor]

Which kind of hurts to listen to, to this…

[guitar with Suppressor]

Which sounds a little better.


And there you go.

Quick, easy. There’s a lot of different things you can do with this concept. Get creative with it. No real rules at all. As you can see, I have Suppressors in a lot of different places to help shape tone. Especially on guitars. Acoustic guitars…

Again, any frequency that’s just really annoying, whether that be high or low or whatever. You can use these things as EQs.

So I hope that helps you out, and I’ll see you in the next video. Find me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, all of that stuff.

Yeah, see you next time!




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